Katrina Memories

My most disturbing memory of Katrina

My most disturbing memory of Katrina

Sunday August 28, 2005 Hurricaine Katrina made landfall along the Gulf Coast.   Five weeks later I joined a group from Milwaukee Wisconsin that traveled down to help in relief efforts.  This week is the fourth anniversary of that trip.  I just wanted to post a few memories of those 2 weeks we spent in Louisiana and Mississippi.  The picture above was taken in Biloxi, MS.  We were based in Pine, LA, but made this day trip over to Biloxi to help a church providing relief there.  This community was devastated,  their lives were literally hanging from the trees.

Our crew sets to cleaning up the storm debris

Our crew sets to cleaning up the storm debris

We stayed in a small Baptist church in rural Pine Louisiana.  The first week we spent every day helping people start to dig out from the storm damage.  Many of these people had been without water and power and many had been shut in by fallen trees.  Remember this was 5 weeks after the storm.   It was late September but the temperatures were in the 90s everyday with unbearable humidity for us Northern Midwesterners.

Word spread that our team was in town.  Neighbors of the elderly would stop to give us addresses needing help.

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After the long hot days the church ladies would share their gratitude with amazing displays of home cooking.  These people barely had water or power but they could sure cook.

Tub-O-Spaghetti !!

Tub-O-Spaghetti !!

Church ladies potluck

Church ladies potluck

Barking dogs!

The boys take a rest and soak their dogs.

 

Our sleeping quarters

This was our home for 2 weeks.  The South has many interesting bugs.  One aftermath of the storm was a severe hatch of  “love bugs” . Every morning the doorjams were an inch deep in dead bugs.  I was the appointed roach killer as we went to bed each night.  My best effort was to kill a few and then quickly turn out the lights.

What a great team.

What a great team.

 

A few more images:

Biloxi, MS

Before and After

Before and After

Biloxi, MS

 

 

 

This was a devastatingly powerful storm that hit an already struggling region.  There were rumors and blame and arm-chair coaching galore.  All I know is that it was an extraordinary opportunity to help these  kind and humble people.  To share in their burdens and sorrows for a brief time.

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